Happy 15th Birthday BBC 6 Music. Last weekend saw Britain's best (in our humble opinion) radio station turn 15, a station who only a few years ago was almost shut down and now has a rising listenership in an industry with declining numbers. Smashed Vinyl's writers pay tribute to the radio station that music fans across the world hold close to their hearts.
Martha Cleary - Smashed Vinyl Writer
I used to listen to XFM and Absolute Radio before my quest for an alternative music station lost a battle to my hatred of adverts… then I found BBC 6 Music. Admittedly, I’m a latecomer to the 6 Music party, but no one can say I haven’t made up for lost time (ask anyone who knows me, I listen all day every day. 6 Music fandom is even included in my biography on the website of the company I work for.
Recently, the best band I’ve been introduced to by 6 Music has been IDLES, but I also have them to thank for my love of Loyle Carner and Michael Kiwanuka. It’s hard to choose a favourite 6 Music show/presenter. Shaun Keavney and the team have got me through many a tough morning, Lauren Laverne always delivers a fab and touching show, Steve Lamacq is still the king of new music, I have a massive soft spot for Guy Garvey… I won’t go through every show, but you get the point. Ultimately though: The Huey Show. Funk, Soul, Hip Hop, Punk… Huey does it all during his Saturday morning slot.
Ewan Atkinson - Smashed Vinyl Editor and Founder
When I was younger the only radio I would ever listen to would be Radio 1 and 5live or talk sport for the Liverpool matches. My Dad, however, was always listening to 6 music and soon enough 6 music became the radio station for me. From listening to it whilst doing the washing up, dancing to Rock the Casbah or struggling with a hangover to getting the honour to appear on Steve Lamacq's show during Music Venue Week, 6 music has helped define my late teens and early twenties.
In recent times, the best bands I have discovered through 6 music have to be Kate Tempest, Loyle Carner, Cabbage, Black Honey, the list really does go on. Marc Riley's show is always the one I go back to when looking to discover music, his variety in musical taste is brilliant and relatable to my own. Only the best can go from Britney Spears one minute to Cabbage the next.
Jess Lynch - Smashed Vinyl Writer
I remember being thirteen years old, just as I was starting to properly get into music and experimenting with it for myself. I was bored with radio 1. I realised just because chart music was popular, didn't actually mean it was good. That was when I started listening to Radio 6. I was listening to artists that I'd never heard of before, that were small and experimental. Laura Marling, Interpol, Warpaint and The Brian Jonestown Massacre are just a few artists that I was introduced to and fell in love with.
They shed light on the raw and experimental but revisit the favourable and familiar. To me, Radio 6 is a truly honest and passionate station, staying loyal yet testing the waters with the copious amounts of musical talent we have.